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Laurel Shelter partners with RCC to promote ‘Red Flag Campaign’

Research indicates that in 21% of college dating relationships, one of the partners is being abused. That’s one in five relationships. Who is likely to witness this type of abuse? The answer is: one’s own friends.

In Virginia, friends and family members are the most likely group of people to seek resources and information to help victims of dating/domestic violence. For college students surrounded by their peer group, this may be the most important intervention they have.

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Tina Dishman presents information about the Red Flag Campaign to students at Rappahannock Community College.

There are many red flags that indicate dating violence is occurring in relationships. Name-calling, excessive jealousy, blaming, isolation, and physical and/or sexual abuse are all indicators of violence. Many times these behaviors are subtle and/or kept hidden away from friends or family. Over time these behaviors become increasingly dangerous and noticeable. In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in dating violence within the last two years.

During March 2-31, Rappahannock Community College will partner with Laurel Shelter Inc. and The Haven Shelter and Services Inc. to provide a public awareness effort aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses in Virginia. This project, called “The Red Flag Campaign,” features a series of posters that illustrate “red flags” that might be present in a relationship in which dating violence is happening. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence occurring in their friends’ relationships.

For more information on what constitutes dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit http://www.laurelshelterinc.org or call Laurel Shelter’s confidential hotlines at 694-5552, 694-5890 or 1-888-289-2102.

posted 02.26.2009

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